Your First Year

March 13, 2016

My focus this year is going towards this course. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll join us!

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Plants for Your Bees – Flowering Quince

March 25, 2015

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is a member of the Rose family, cultivated from plants first brought from Japan to Europe in the late 1700’s. The genus went through a few iterations before botanists finally settled on Chaenomeles (which means “split apple.”) Description With space and in full sun, the flowering quince will grow into a […]

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“Where’s the best place to put my beehive?”

June 13, 2014

This is a question I hear often. Here’s what I tell folks: There are five key points to keep in mind when deciding where to place your hive:           • sun exposure           • wind direction           • dampness           • access to water           • neighbors Sun Exposure Beehives don’t have built-in air conditioning or heaters, so the job […]

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Bombus spp. – The Bumblebees

April 11, 2014

S. Name: Bombus spp. (BOM-bus) C. Name: Bumblebee Size: 10-23 mm Flying teddy bears, bumblebees are large and furry and easy to spot. Several species can be found in each state with different species being active at different times of the year. They typically have a base color of black with yellow, orange and/or white […]

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Andrena spp. – The Mining Bees

April 4, 2014

Genus:  Adrena (an-DREE-nuh) Common Name:  Mining Bee Size:  7-18 mm If you find a patch of bare or lightly-vegetated ground filled with holes that look like they were poked in with a pencil, you may have found an aggregation of mining bees.  Mining bees are medium-size bees that are generally dark in color.  Individual species […]

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Will Bees Suffer so We can Grow More Oysters?

March 7, 2014

Commercial shellfish growers in Washington State want to begin using the most toxic pesticide to bees, Imidacloprid, to control burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay. Burrowing shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis and Upogebia pugettensis) are native to Willapa Bay but carry little commercial value. They can have a negative impact on commercial shellfish operations by churning up sediment […]

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